28 May, 2014 – 08:30 to 16:30
Central European University, Budapest

This one day event will support the joint strategic goal that the EU has for the European future of the Western Balkan region, and will also examine Turkey’s path towards the EU. The conference will first build on the positive developments in the region which took place in the last decade; second, give incentives/positive examples from the countries which have stepped up a gear and are now in the final phase of the entering process (e.g. Croatia); third, focus on a Turkish foreign policy towards the EU and assess its successes and shortcomings.

Conference agenda:
Panel I. – EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans – 10 Years after Thessaloniki
Chair: Tamás Szigetvári, Senior Researcher, Institute for World Economics, Hungary
Vedran Džihić, Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Austria
Maja Bakran Marcich, Head of Sector for European Bilateral Affairs, Ministry of European and
Foreign Affairs, Croatia
András Inotai, General Director, Institute for World Economics, Hungary
Panel II. – Croatia’s EU Accession and Its Effects on the Rest of the Western Balkan Countries
Chair: Milan Nič, Executive Director, the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), Slovakia
Senada Šelo Šabić, Research Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia
Mihailo Crnobrnja, Professor, FEFA Belgrade, Serbia
Imre Varga, Ambassador and Senior Advisor of the International Centre for Democratic Transition
(ICDT), Hungary
Panel III. – Turkey and the EU: A broken relationship?
Chair: Erzsébet N. Rózsa, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, Hungary
Emre Hatipoglu, Assistant Professor, Sabanci University, Turkey
Emel Akçali, Professor, Central European University (CEU), Hungary
Aybars Görgülü, TESEV Foreign Policy Program, Turkey